Sarasota Bay

Summertime family Sarasota fishing charters

Summer means a bunch opf families visiting Sarasota and Siesta Key and Lido Key, and for me running my fishing charters, that means families with children.  The goal on these trips is action and vartiety, keeping the rods bent and the kids excited is very important.  I switched over to primarily fishing with live bait as this is the best approach to achieving that goal.  My Sarasota fishing report includes speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevelle, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, catfish, and more.  The deep grass flats near both passes were the best spots.  Getting out there early was crucial, it has been VERY hot!  We started at 6:30 and finished up by 10:30.  Most charters produced around 50 fish.

Sarasota fishing report

Fair fishing on Siesta Key; conditions were challenging

My Sarasota fishing report is fair at best as conditions have not been the best of late.  For some reason, the water in Sarasota Bay remained murky and a kind of brown color.  I am not sure if it was due to the persistent wind, or perhaps the rain, but the stained water makes the fishing a bit tough.  Still, persistent anglers caught speckled trout to 21", snook, ladyfish, jacks, gag grouper, snapper, ladyfish, catfish, and a small cobia this week.  Gulp Shrimp and Bass Assassin jigs fooled most of the fish while free lined live shrimp also accounted for fish.  The flats in the middle of the bay were best, with Bishop's Pt. being the top spot.  Docks in New Pass hels snook while bridges produced mangrove snapper, jacks, and a small cobia on live shrimp.  I am hoping the water clears up and the baitfish show up; that will really crank up the summer fishing.

Sarasota fishing report

Good fishing in Sarasota before and after front

Fishing was outstanding this week….before and after the front!  I ran two trips on Monday, and the bite was on, as it usually is before a big weather change.  Sheepshead, snapper, and grouper hit shrimp in Big Pass and Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp produced speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and a shark at Bishop's Pt. and Middlegrounds.

 

The front shut things down for several days.  I am at the point in my guiding career where I really just want to fish when it is pretty nice out, and most of my clients are on board with that philosophy.  I ran out to Jiggs Landing on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours, just to get out of the house.  I did not expect much with the high pressure, but caught a couple of bass on a Rapala and a worm, along with seeing birds, gators, turtles, and otters.

 

The bite resumed for clients on fishing charters on Saturday.  Murky water did not deter the fish as they were in an actively feeding mood.  Jigs produced a lot of trout and ladyfish at the Middlegrounds and Radio Tower.

Sarasota fishing report